Think Tank #2 Review
Writer: Matt Hawkins
Art: Rashan Ekedal
Review by David Short
Image has been on a tear lately. It seems like every book they put out is extremely high quality. Peter Panzerfaust is a stellar re-tooling of a classic story, Saga is one of the best original, sci-fi stories I have ever read, and then there is Think Tank. It’s a high tech, intellectual, thriller that has me on board for the foreseeable future—hook, line, and sinker.
Having taken his new toy out for a test drive, and subsequently getting caught doing so, David Loren is in some hot water. Our narcissistic doctor is facing the consequences of his actions, and his “employers” are much less than pleased. He’s in a locked down state. All his games and toys taken away from him, but that is the last thing on his ever so brilliant mind in glorious Think Tank #2.
Though the technological aspect of this series is what will attract a lot of people, the personal story of our titular lead is what has me coming back for more. His mind is virtually perfect, and that fact makes his situation so intriguing. He is well aware of what his inventions do, and what good can come of them. Though, the peril it can bring upon the innocent is not lost on him. In fact, it tortures him. This and the retracing of his recruitment really give you a deep connection to the character. This is essential, because he’s not really the easiest person to bond with. Matt Hawkins has done a fantastic job making you feel for Dr. Loren despite his flaws.
None of this would be possible if the art didn’t compliment the tone. Black and white is not the scheme I look for when choosing my books. But it’s when well done, it can be just as beautiful as a fully colored book. If done right, you don’t need color. It lets your brain wander and fill in things as it sees fit. Rashan Ekedal has very clean lines and an edgy style. With the rock star persona his main character has, it’s a really nice fit. Between Think Tank and the art in Punk Rock Jesus, black and white books are growing one me.
I’m sold. Think Tank #1 had me up in the air, but—as long as the quality remains—this will be a staple in my monthly haul. I can’t wait to see where this goes, and Matt Hawkins has my full confidence.